WORDS carry much spiritual power. They wound and heal. They break down and build up. They discourage and encourage. Jesus places eternal value on them when he says we will be judged by the words we have spoken. Words are always more than words.
We dare not underestimate the damage that harmful words cause. They can destroy confidence, tarnish reputations, spread rumors, split families, divide communities, and spark wars. The old saying “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is a lie.
In contrast, helpful words of love and appreciation have the potential to bring blessing and life. They can make God’s love real for those around us.
Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days
From page 22 of Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days by Trevor Hudson. Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
What words have you said this week to heal, build up, or encourage another person? Share your thoughts.
I tell you, on the day of judgment you will have to give an account for every careless word you utter.
—Matthew 12:36, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
Create in me a clean heart, O God.
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